for a generation. i didn't think anything more of it than what we've done 15 years ago, ten years ago, five years ago when we've done it with bush and clinton and ronald regan. >> reporter: some conservative talk show hosts who came to his aid agreed. >> this is infantile, worse than political correctness. >> reporter: the president hasn't commented but his spokesman did. >> as a native missouri an, this isn't one of the finer moments of our state. >> reporter: now that the dust has settled, he would like to clear a few things up. i never did anything because of somebody's race. i don't care if they're blue, white, green, striped, polka dotted. >> reporter: he'll be at another rodeo coming up in missouri. >> in president obama turns out, i would be honored to shake his hand. >> reporter: a then na jones, cnn, washington. up next, george zimmerman acquitted in the killing of trayvon martin.